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Ricky Rubio’s triple-double leads Jazz past Thunder 115-102

Ricky Rubio had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Utah’s first playoff triple-double in 17 years, and Donovan Mitchell added 22 points to lead the Jazz to a 115-102 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder and a 2-1 lead in their first-round series. Joe Ingles, who had 21 points, made two 3-pointers around two free throws to spark a 13-0 surge that ended on Mitchell’s 3 to put Utah up by 20 points in the fourth quarter. Paul George scored 23 points to lead the Thunder.

Donovan Mitchell lifts Jazz past Thunder 102-95 to even series

Donovan Mitchell scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to help the Utah Jazz defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-95 and tie their Western Conference playoff series at one win apiece. Derrick Favors had career playoff highs of 20 points and 16 rebounds. Ricky Rubio had 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the first playoff win of his seven-year career. Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Thunder.

Donovan Mitchell, Paul George uncertain for Game 2 of Jazz-Thunder

Thunder forward Paul George is questionable for Game 2 against the Utah Jazz with a right hip contusion. George was injured during Oklahoma City’s 116-108 win in Game 1. He scored 36 points in the opener and set an Oklahoma City playoff record with eight 3-pointers. Utah rookie guard Donovan Mitchell is questionable with a left foot contusion.

Oklahoma wildfires kill 2; threat nears historic level

Wildfires that have killed two people in western Oklahoma are nearing conditions not seen in at least a decade because of the mixture of high temperatures, low humidity and heavy winds, the National Weather Service said Monday.

Russell Westbrook averages a triple-double for 2nd straight season

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook became the first player to average a triple-double in more than one season. He entered the regular-season finale against the Memphis Grizzlies needing 16 rebounds to achieve the milestone. He finished with a career-high 20 rebounds in a 137-123 win. Westbrook finished the season with averages of 25.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 10.3 assists.

OKC’s Carmelo Anthony embraces supporting role heading into playoffs

Carmelo Anthony has been his team’s No. 1 option for most of his basketball career. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward is one of the top 20 scorers in NBA history. Now, he’s 33 years old, no longer in his prime. He’s Oklahoma City’s third leading scorer behind Russell Westbrook and Paul George, averaging a career-low 16.2 points. He has had to figure out how to make his skill set work in OKC’s system. At times, he seems to the fourth option behind Steven Adams.

Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas facing tornado and wildfire threats

Emergency officials in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas are bracing for two types of disasters as spring gets into full swing: The start of what’s historically the most active time of year for tornadoes plus wildfire threats brought on by severe drought.

Teacher rebellion puts red-state Republicans on defensive

A teacher rebellion in red states from West Virginia to Arizona has put Republicans on the defensive, forcing them to walk a fine line in the months before midterm elections between placating constituents who are angry over education cuts and conservative supporters who want a smaller government and low taxes.

Oklahoma’s Trae Young leaving for NBA after freshman season

Oklahoma star Trae Young is leaving for the NBA after a standout freshman season that ended with him leading the nation in scoring and assists. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 27.4 points and 8.7 assists this season, and many projections have him going early in the first round of the NBA draft. Young says he knows he is not yet ready for the NBA but will work hard. He closed the season with 28 points and seven assists in an overtime loss to Rhode Island in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

NBA Capsules: Raptors’ 11-game winning streak stopped by Thunder

TORONTO – Russell Westbrook had 37 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds for his fifth straight triple-double, Steven Adams scored 25 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Raptors 132-125 on Sunday, snapping Toronto’s winning streak at 11. Paul George scored 22 points and Carmelo Anthony had 15 as the Thunder extended their winning streak to six.

Oklahoma State routs Syracuse 84-57 in opening round

Freshman Jaden Hobbs scored a career-high 27 points, Loryn Goodwin and Kaylee Jensen added 19 and No. 9 seed Oklahoma State beat No. 8 Syracuse 84-57 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The 5-foot-8 Hobbs made 8 of 9 3-point attempts, blowing the game open single-handedly by making four 3-pointers in quick succession late in the third quarter

Rhode Island shuts down Young, Oklahoma in 83-78 win

E.C. Matthews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime and one more that sealed it to help Rhode Island hold off dynamic scorer Trae Young and beat Oklahoma 83-78 Thursday in the Midwest Regional.